Forth Presents is a concert series that focuses on exciting live music, art, and performance curated by our staff.
Scott Nolan is a songwriter, poet, multi instrumentalist from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Treaty One Territory. His songs have been recorded by Hayes Carll, Mary Gauthier, Watermelon Slim, and Corin Raymond among others. He has recently produced albums for William Prince, Lynne Hanson, and Watermelon Slim. In January 2015 he started writing poetry, approximately three weeks after his 40th birthday. The plan was to replace smoking cigarettes with walking eight to ten kilometres a day. He is a songwriter by trade and often discovered melodies and rhythms in the shuffling of his feet. He spends most of his time thinking about words, music, and language. Nolan found myself writing short poems based on people and places in his neighbourhood, trying to capture a bit of what was happening around him. An older cousin of his discovered a gift and passion for poetry while serving time in Folsom State Prison. He was an early influence on him, sending books and letters from prison and encouraging the younger Nolan to read and write as often
as possible. This relationship was the subject of a documentary last year called Visiting Day, produced for the CBC by filmmaker Charles Konowal. He was invited to perform and host writing workshops in the very same prison library his cousin wrote to him from all those years ago. The late Winnipeg poet Patrick O’Connell was also a dear friend and mentor. Patrick is one of his favourite contemporary Canadian poets. His was a lyrical
style that had a strong impact on his early songwriting. One of the many benefits of working in the arts community in Winnipeg is the quality of work of his peers. It’s consistently encouraging and inspiring. After more than a decade of relentless touring, he decided to take a year or so away from the road to collaborate,
produce records, and enjoy his life in Winnipeg. A play was produced through Manitoba Theatre Projects based on the nine albums he has released since 2003. The play, I Dream of Diesel, enjoyed a two week run of sold-out shows and critical praise from both the community and critics.
Slow Leaves is Winnipeg songwriter Grant Davidson. Enough About Me (2017), recorded with members of Bahamas and Imaginary Cities, marked his second studio album under the moniker Slow Leaves. He was selected to the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class, has toured throughout Canada and Europe, and is currently working on a new record in which he continues to explore ideas of impermanence and imperfection; writing on themes of lost time, the elusive nature of wisdom, romantic realism, and the struggle to reconcile family life, art, and aging. Slow Leaves persists in finding poetry in ordinary things and a humanity that shines in even the darkest corners.
Sophie Stevens is a singer-songwriter from Winnipeg, Canada. Combining her heartwarming vocals with gentle melody and guitar, Stevens sings hopeful folk songs that both tell stories and offer introspective advice. With a love for all walks of life expressed in every note, her music gives a break from the tiresome parts of life and brings reminders of the joyful aspects of being human.